Tanya Vlach, a San Francisco based artist, lost her left eye in a car accident in 2005. She was given an ocular prosthesis to use, however, the prosthetic eye offers only cosmetic benefits since it’s just a dumb device meant to look like an eye.
Fascinated by advances in medical technology, she researched possible solutions to make her artificial eye a little more functional. With the help of engineers, she came up with a novel idea of installing a miniature, self-contained camera in her ocular prosthesis. Such an enterprise is not only an engineering challenge, but a costly venture, so Vlach decided to go with the popular Kickstarter funding platform to seek help from the masses. Vlach has a list of intraocular camera specifications, as well as a wish list of features she’d like to see if she is able to get funding.
Take a look at this video of Vlach’s story and the vision for her eye camera:
At the time of this writing, Vlach is a little more than one-third of the way to her funding goal. As her eye camera is a Kickstarter project, you’re invited to help Vlach meet her funding goal. Your gift doesn’t only help Vlach regain her sight, but it could also help greatly improve the future development of intraocular cameras!
Kickstarter project page: Grow a new eye…
(hat tip: Engadget)